1972 United States presidential election in South Carolina

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United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1972

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Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote 8 0
Popular vote 478,427 189,270
Percentage 70.6% 27.9%

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County Results
  Nixon — >50%
  Nixon — >60%
  Nixon — >70%
  Nixon — >80%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 7, 1972. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. South Carolina voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominees, incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland . Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and his running mate U.S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon carried South Carolina with 70.58 percent of the vote to McGovern's 27.92 percent, a victory margin of 42.66 percent.[1] This election provided the Republican Party with its best presidential result in South Carolina since Reconstruction and constitutes the only presidential election where the Republican candidate carried every county in the state.

This is the only time, as of the 2016 presidential election, that Marlboro County has voted for a Republican presidential candidate since that county was founded in 1896, and the first time the Wallace counties of Union and Cherokee had ever voted Republican.[2] It is the last time, as of the 2016 presidential election, when Orangeburg County, Clarendon County, Williamsburg County, Marion County, Jasper County, Fairfield County, Hampton County, Lee County, and Allendale County have voted for a Republican presidential candidate.[3] McCormick County would not vote Republican again until Donald Trump in 2016.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1972[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 478,427 70.58% 8
Democratic George McGovern 189,270 27.92% 0
George Wallace Party John Schmitz 10,166 1.50% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 17 0.00% 0
Totals 677,880 100.00% 8
Voter turnout -

Results by county[edit]

County Nixon# Nixon% McGovern# McGovern% Others# Others# Total votes cast
Abbeville 3,266 68.95% 1,349 28.48% 122 2.58% 4,737
Aiken 21,117 77.05% 5,745 20.96% 545 1.99% 27,407
Allendale 1,741 55.34% 1,386 44.06% 19 0.60% 3,146
Anderson 17,514 75.19% 5,241 22.50% 537 2.31% 23,292
Bamberg 2,537 59.65% 1,680 39.50% 36 0.85% 4,253
Barnwell 3,955 71.71% 1,560 28.29% 0 0.00% 5,515
Beaufort 5,929 64.12% 3,237 35.01% 81 0.88% 9,247
Berkeley 9,345 66.66% 4,497 32.08% 177 1.26% 14,019
Calhoun 1,867 60.91% 1,148 37.46% 50 1.63% 3,065
Charleston 39,863 68.79% 16,855 29.09% 1,229 2.12% 57,947
Cherokee 7,570 77.24% 2,107 21.50% 123 1.26% 9,800
Chester 4,724 66.20% 2,352 32.96% 60 0.84% 7,136
Chesterfield 5,230 63.56% 2,938 35.70% 61 0.74% 8,229
Clarendon 3,958 54.34% 3,276 44.98% 50 0.69% 7,284
Colleton 5,723 69.51% 2,376 28.86% 134 1.63% 8,233
Darlington 11,756 72.04% 4,414 27.05% 149 0.91% 16,319
Dillon 4,364 72.32% 1,604 26.58% 66 1.09% 6,034
Dorchester 8,095 68.11% 3,606 30.34% 185 1.56% 11,886
Edgefield 2,812 66.67% 1,326 31.44% 80 1.90% 4,218
Fairfield 2,608 50.68% 2,492 48.43% 46 0.89% 5,146
Florence 18,106 65.30% 9,455 34.10% 165 0.60% 27,726
Georgetown 6,114 57.27% 4,446 41.64% 116 1.09% 10,676
Greenville 46,360 79.62% 10,143 17.42% 1,726 2.96% 58,229
Greenwood 9,370 72.22% 3,400 26.20% 205 1.58% 12,975
Hampton 2,891 57.56% 2,086 41.53% 46 0.92% 5,023
Horry 15,324 76.84% 4,437 22.25% 183 0.92% 19,944
Jasper 1,650 57.21% 1,203 41.71% 31 1.07% 2,884
Kershaw 8,035 74.79% 2,531 23.56% 178 1.66% 10,744
Lancaster 9,016 77.86% 2,461 21.25% 103 0.89% 11,580
Laurens 8,141 74.46% 2,650 24.24% 142 1.30% 10,933
Lee 3,076 60.31% 1,996 39.14% 28 0.55% 5,100
Lexington 25,327 84.75% 4,069 13.62% 490 1.64% 29,886
McCormick 1,302 60.22% 844 39.04% 16 0.74% 2,162
Marion 4,719 64.66% 2,545 34.87% 34 0.47% 7,298
Marlboro 3,838 65.58% 1,999 34.16% 15 0.26% 5,852
Newberry 7,325 76.94% 2,035 21.37% 161 1.69% 9,521
Oconee 6,824 78.19% 1,740 19.94% 164 1.88% 8,728
Orangeburg 11,711 59.31% 7,652 38.75% 382 1.93% 19,745
Pickens 11,776 82.37% 2,255 15.77% 265 1.85% 14,296
Richland 39,746 64.11% 21,462 34.62% 787 1.27% 61,995
Saluda 3,095 73.85% 1,022 24.39% 74 1.77% 4,191
Spartanburg 31,308 75.34% 9,586 23.07% 662 1.59% 41,556
Sumter 10,892 64.83% 5,801 34.53% 107 0.64% 16,800
Union 8,337 75.35% 2,676 24.18% 52 0.47% 11,065
Williamsburg 5,729 52.01% 5,213 47.33% 73 0.66% 11,015
York 14,441 68.68% 6,374 30.31% 211 1.00% 21,026
Totals 478,427 70.58% 189,270 27.92% 10,166 1.50% 677,863

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1972 Presidential General Election Results - South Carolina". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  2. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 292-294 ISBN 0786422173
  3. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016